The movement against depleted uranium weaponry.

The movement against depleted uranium weaponry.
Fri Jan 19, 2007 20:58

A project supporting the movement against depleted uranium weaponry.


1/19/07 "The Peter B. Collins Show"

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A project supporting the movement against depleted uranium weaponry.


Educational Project on the Topic of Depleted Uranium

Beginning January 1, 2004, Info-Mission launched an educational project to support the movement to abolish the manufacture and use of depleted uranium weaponry.

Over this past year, we have visited many campuses and organizations with our presentation and learned that few Americans had ever heard of depleted uranium. However, it has been encouraging the support and pro action plans that many of our lecture attendees have now initiated independently.

Contact our office so that we may arrange for a lecture or photo exhibition to visit your community.


This presentation on the topic of Depleted Uranium consists of several components:

Introduction- I talk briefly about Info-Mission, our human rights work and goals with Depleted Uranium Campaign. I describe the outline for a 1-hour presentation.

1. A 20 minute overview to educate the audience about DU, what it is, where it's used, why the military prefers DU, and movements/ strategies toward action to abolish its use. I discuss the science and environmental implications of Depleted Uranium, the work developed at the Uranium Weapons Conferences in Europe and aspects of International Law. In addition, we discuss HR 2410, Congressman McDermott's bill to initiate an investigative study that examines the effects of DU on soldiers, Iraqi civilians and the environment. The topic of gulf war syndrome is explored and what DU exposure means for troops currently serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

2. We watch a 15-minute video called "DU - Silent Genocide," a 2003 release by the Japanese organization "No DU Hiroshima project." Filmed in Iraq 2 years ago, it covers visits to contaminated areas where DU has been exploded, footage of Baghdad being bombed and the examination of radioactive sites, contaminated soldiers, interviews with individuals/children suffering from DU contamination, interviews with doctors, and a visit to the Basra pediatric hospital with an interview of Dr. Jenin Hassan.

3. A discussion follows that focuses on action plans to support our troops and lobby local legislators to co-sponsor anti DU efforts.

4. A 10-piece photo exhibit of Iraqi children suffering from DU contamination and related bombing sites is provided as an aid to understanding everyday realities of war for the Iraqi people. These black and white photos tell a compelling story of the current humanitarian crisis caused by DU contamination. Also offered are DU booklets, brochures and related materials for further research.

5. Questions/Answers - As I explain in the beginning, I speak as a non-expert, I am educated on the topic, but sometimes cannot answer questions that require a scientific analysis. In which case, I bring a variety of printed materials for the audience to reference for accurate and updated information on DU. We also provide a well-researched resource list to utilize various organizations and scientists working on this issue.

Info-Mission offers the workshop presentation for a 100$ donation and applies all funds collected to convert and distribute our DU mobile exhibition to libraries, organizations and universities.

About Info-Mission's Project Director:

Marla Benoist is a graduate of the University of Oregon, BS Political Science and graduate of UCLA, Paralegal studies department. For over 25 years she has worked as a human rights activist in a variety of capacities with a strong interest in working on projects that aided children in need of housing or medical attention. She continues to volunteer for Amnesty International in addition to supporting other non- profit projects.



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